600 Alden Road, Suite 310
Markham, ON L3R 0E7
Executive Director: Wayne Johnson
Board Chair: Helen Reimer

Charitable Reg. #:10822 2191 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About Tearfund Canada:

Tearfund Canada is a 5-star charity that is financially transparent. Its results reporting grade is an A, which is above average. Tearfund Canada has overhead spending of 31%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range. Ci has found Tearfund Canada to have Good demonstrated impact per dollar donated, meaning the charity has above-average impact.

Founded in 1982, Tearfund Canada (TFC), formerly called World Relief Canada, is a Christian charity that works to end poverty across the globe. Tearfund Canada uses a model of church-based community transformation where it delivers aid and training to people through partnerships with local churches. Tearfund Canada is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) which is a partnership of 15 Canadian church agencies working together to end global hunger. The charity states that almost 690 million people in the world are hungry and malnourished, and nearly 98% of these people live in developing countries. Tearfund Canada’s charitable programs are Relief and Rehabilitation, Development, and Education. In F2023, the charity spent $8m on its programs.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

In F2023, TFC spent 59% of program spending on Relief and Rehabilitation. This program involves delivering emergency aid to people in disaster zones and working with local churches to stop gender-based violence. Emergency aid includes food, water, shelter, sanitation, and medical care. In F2023, TFC saved 37,023 lives through emergency relief, and distributed 1,069 metric tons of food. The charity trained 364 church and community leaders in Sexual on Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) rehabilitation.

Tearfund Canada spent 39% of its program spending on Development in F2023. The Development program includes agricultural training, Village Savings Groups, and environmental work. Village Savings Groups are groups of 25 to 30 people who create a pooled savings account that can be used to start a business, send children to school, and meet basic needs without relying on exploitative loan sharks. Groups meet weekly and receive training on bookkeeping and business principles. In F2023, TFC planted 367,817 trees, and trained 18,150 farmers in conservation agriculture. Additionally, 781 new savings groups were formed, totalling 18,744 individuals enrolled in savings groups.

The Education program was 2% of program spending in F2023. This includes educating Canadians about issues of poverty, climate adaptation, humanitarian aid, and development.

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Results and Impact

Tearfund Canada reports that in F2023, 129,736 people were on a path out of poverty due to the charity’s programming. The charity reports that training in agriculture shortens the lean season for most families from an average of four months to one. The lean season is the time of year when the ability to access sufficient food is most difficult. Additionally, each farmer trained in conservation agriculture trains five more farmers. TFC reports that over the past two years, it delivered critical food and water to 90,381 people in South Sudan, offered life-saving support to 14,831 people during the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and delivered emergency food to 12,069 people in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Africa.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Tearfund Canada’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Tearfund Canada a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Tearfund Canada had donations of $3.3m in F2023.

The charity received $5.9m in government funding representing 64% of total revenues.

Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 31%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Tearfund Canada has $2.2m in reserve funds. These reserve funds are the charity’s cash and investments. TFC has 3 months of program costs covered by its current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Tearfund Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 6, 2024, by Lily Ferguson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.4%5.8%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.1%22.1%20.2%
Total overhead spending 31.4%27.9%27.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 27.8%28.6%66.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,2643,1182,870
Government funding 5,9464,8705,209
Investment income 301110
Total revenues 9,2408,0008,089
Program costs - International 7,9888,1205,678
Program costs - Canada 381050
Administrative costs 494465555
Fundraising costs 850687580
Total spending 9,3719,3776,813
Cash flow from operations (130)(1,378)1,276
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 2,2282,3513,752

Note: Ci removed donations received in past years that are reported in this year. This adjustment for deferred donations affects total revenue by ($101k) in F2023, $27k in F2022, and ($37k) in F2021. Ci also removed deferred government contributions affecting total revenue by ($376k) in F2023, ($978k) in F2022, and $171k in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. compensation: $100,642

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2023

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.tearfund.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 905-415-8181


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